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Vandalized church window restored

Experts have restored the Prodigal Son window at Holy Family Church after one or more burglars damaged it before Christmas. “Thanks to the talented artists at Daprato Rigali Studios of Chicago, the window looks as good as the day it was installed over 100 years ago,” the Rev. Michael Gabriel, pastor of Holy Family, said. […]


Thousands of new residences and mixed-use development planned for South Loop in ‘The 78’

By Nathan Worcester Related Midwest plans to develop “The 78,” a 62-acre, mixed-use development bounded by Roosevelt Road, 16th Street, Clark Street, and the Chicago River. The site, which developers mean to be seen as Chicago’s 78th neighborhood, will include a five-acre river-front with bikeways, cafes, and other amenities. A seven-acre public park offers another […]


Pilsen Alliance addresses housing, bicycle path

By Patrick Butler Careful development of the plan-ned El Paseo bike path and existing community garden and their relation to the overall preservation of what is left of affordable housing were among the concerns voiced at a recent Pilsen Alliance meeting. Preserving a family friendly, working class haven took center stage at the two-and-a-half-hour June […]


WCA panel sees complicated affordable housing hurdles

  By Patrick Butler Affordable housing is not impossible, but the hurdles in assuring its construction are more complicated than ever, a panel of developers and at least one lawyer agreed during a May 17 West Central Association luncheon at Carnivale Restaurant, 702 W. Fulton St. Unfortunately, many people both in and out of the […]


Construction of new academic and residential buildings underway at UIC

By Nathan Worcester After a groundbreaking ceremony on January 16, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been building a new ten story residential and academic complex between the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and Harrison Street adjacent to the UIC-Halsted Blue Line station and recently renovated Peoria Street bridge. The tower is part of the […]


EduHAM program makes Hamilton play more meaningful for students

By Gabriella Valentino The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has initiated a partnership with the play, Hamilton, and the Rockefeller Foundation to create the Hamilton Education Program (EduHAM). Through this program, Title I schools are invited to incorporate Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era to their studies. They are encouraged to create an art […]


Moviemaker Hannah Bonecutter chosen as finalist in Gentleman Jack competition

By Lisa R. Jenkins Hannah Bonecutter’s film, Minstrel vs. Puppet, was among the four finalists recently viewed by a private audience at the Gentleman Jack Reel to Reel 2018 national film competition screening at Park West in Chicago. Bonecutter is active in this community with Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), 1419 W. […]


Shrine remembers Vietnam casualty Thomas Davino

Parishioners at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii marked two important anniversaries Sunday, June 3: Italian Republic Day, commemorating the vote in 1946 when Italy established a republic as its government, and the 30th anniversary of the death of local resident and U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Davino, killed in action in the Vietnam War. […]


Intrigue Dance celebrates tenth anniversary

Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts Center celebrated its tenth anniversary on June 10, marking a significant milestone for the continuously growing studio at 1937 S. Archer Ave. When Intrigue opened in June 2008, it did not have many dancers, but small numbers did not inhibit owner and instructor Pia Hamilton’s hope for a successful dance […]


UIC joins network for clinical trials

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the University of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are part of a new national network that will collaborate on clinical trials to improve outcomes for patients who experience neurologic, cardiac, respiratory, hematologic, and trauma-related emergencies. The Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials network (SIREN) will pool resources […]


Little Italy Festa set for August

The renamed Little Italy Festa, formerly called Festa Italiana, will take place on Taylor Street east of Ashland Avenue Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 16 through 19. After a hiatus of several years, Ron Onesti of Onesti Entertainment is returning to produce the festa, which celebrates the historic Taylor Street-Little Italy community. The four-day extravaganza will […]


CMAP kicks off Bridgeport and Canaryville plan

Editor’s Note: The “Update” section provides the latest information on news items that the Gazette has covered in previous editions. Immediate and long-range planning to address needs in Bridgeport and Canaryville are underway with help from a regional agency that is working with volunteer citizens as well as local elected officials. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency […]